Around the Web Digest: Week of July 27

Happy Monday, dear readers. (Yes, there is such a thing.) As I mentioned, I’m in the midst of an interstate relocation, so thank you for being patient while I take extra time to round-up what I can for the digest. I’ve been getting a lot of good suggestions and feedback on links to share. Please keep them coming, and I’ll start giving you hat-tips. Just email me an article at or on Twitter at @dtpowis.

Let’s see what we have… 

Stories by anthropologists:

Jennie Simpson interviewed Patricia San Antonio, an applied anthropologist who has spent the last 20 years evaluating criminal justice programs. (Anthropoliteia)

Nadia Abu El-Haj argues against the “unintentional” nature of collateral damage in Gaza. (LRB Blog)

Todd Hanson shared some field notes from a “Star Party” – stargazing events hosted by recreational astronomy clubs. (CASTAC Blog)

Rex talked about Barry Hewlett (the anthropologist who joined the Ebola outbreak team) and his contributions to anthropology. (Savage Minds)

Kristina Killgrove (partially) opened her data from two imperial Roman cemetary populations. (Powered by Osteons)

EASA 2014 was last week, and Allegra Lab has all the coverage. (Allegra Lab)

Zoltán Glück interviewed David Harvey, first about his life and political formation. (Focaal Blog)

Marissa Streeet reviewed Bourgois and Schonberg’s Righteous Dopefiend. (The Amateur Anthropologist)

Kate Clancy has left Scientific American Blogs, but continues to write Context & Variation at her personal site. (Kate Clancy)

Stories for anthropologists:

The continent of Africa, even after the old empires have dissolved, continues to be carved up by foreign interests. (Al Jazeera)

Despotic governments in Africa are descended from the legacy of colonialism. (Al Jazeera)

OKCupid admits: They experiment on human beings! (OKCupid Blog)

When men attack powerful women, they do themselves a disservice. (Masculinities 101)

West Sahara remains Africa’s last colony and this is their struggle. (Africa is a Country)

Matt Bruenig provides a proof for checking whether poverty is individual or structural. (PolicyShop)

Biobanking can be a boon for scientific research and the health and wellbeing in the future, but how does informed consent protect participants in the midst of emerging technologies? (Pacific Standard)

The idea of a “bank” affects the way people think of donating or storing bodily fluids. (The Atlantic)

Michelle Foucault: Full House child star by day, French philosopher by night. (Michelle Foucault)

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at